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Mustang Clover
Leptosiphon montanus
About Mustang Clover (Leptosiphon montanus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Leptosiphon montanus (syn. Linanthus montanus) is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common name mustang clover. It is endemic to California. It grows in dry openings of oak woodland habitats in the western Sierra Nevada foothills, from 300-1,700 metres (980-5,580 ft) in elevation. Leptosiphon montanus is an annual herb producing a thin, hairy stem up to 60 centimeters tall. The leaves are divided into needle-like linear lobes each 2 or 3 centimeters in length. The inflorescence is a head of small but showy flowers. Each flower has a long, hairy, dark red tube up to 3 centimeters long spreading into a flat corolla. The corolla lobes are white or light to deep pink marked with reddish spots at the yellow and white throat. Its bloom period is from April to July.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.33 - 2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 6.7" - 47.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 1.82", Coldest Month: 29.5" - 51.4", Hottest Month: 52.0" - 78.3", Humidity: 2.07" - 25.90", Elevation: 406" - 8135"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Bristlyleaf Linanthus, Whiskerbrush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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